also known as: Ba'al
This was the name of a false-god, a man, and a place:
Baal was the name used for the principal male god of the Phoenicians and Philistines. It is found in several places in the plural “Baalim” (Judges 2:11; 10:10; 1 Kings 18:18; Jeremiah 2:23; Hos. 2:17).
Baal is identified with Molech/Moloch (Jeremiah 19:5). It was known to the Israelites as Baal-peor (Numbers 25:3; Deuteronomy 4:3), was worshipped till the time of Samuel (1 Sam 7:4), and was afterwards the religion of the ten tribes in the time of wicked King Ahab (1 Kings 16:31-33; 18:19, 22).
The sun-god, under the general title of Baal, or “lord,” was the chief object of worship of the Canaanites. Each locality had its special Baal, and the various local Baals were summed up under the name of Baalim, or “lords.”
Each Baal had a wife, who was a colourless reflection of himself.